Re: Custom 338 Lapua Magnum
It certainly is an impressive chambering and would allow you to hunt anything on the planet where a 338 was legal to use.
That said, it does have some special issues that you have to deal with. Namely, its big in diameter and should be built on a receiver designed for it specifically. The brass is also expensive, very good quality and extremely strong but it is spendy for sure.
If your more attached to the chambering more then anything go for it. If you like the performance level, there are other options that will get you the same level of performance and do so with less expensive brass and that would also open your options up as far as receivers.
The most direct competition to the 338 Lapua is the 338 Edge. If your going to handload, its no different working with this wildcat then loading for the Lapua, just run a 300 RUM case into a 338 Edge FL die and you have a 338 Edge case ready to load with full pressure, accurate loads. No fireforming needed at all.
Out of same length barrels with same bullet weights, the performance between the 338 Edge and 338 Lapua are so nearly identical it would be impossible to say ones more impressive then the other and both have proven extremely accurate.
I am certainly not trying to talk you out of the 338 Lapua, just that there are other options out there that will get you the same performance.
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